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Pep Guardiola bats eyelids at reported Man Utd transfer target James Rodriguez

Pep Guardiola bats eyelids at reported Man Utd transfer target James Rodriguez

The Manchester City manager believes Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez has the quality to succeed in the Premier League.

At his press conference today ahead of City's home tie against West Brom on Tuesday, Guardiola was asked if the Colombia midfielder would be a good addition to a top club in the league.

"Yes. Absolutely.

"There is no doubt about his quality," the Spaniard said of the Madrid man.

Rodriguez has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, with Manchester United thought to be among his potential suitors.

The Galacticos No 10 reportedly 'waved goodbye' to fans as he was substituted after 60 minutes in Madrid's 4-1 win over Sevilla last night, in the final home game of the season for Zinedine Zidane's men.

A report in Don Balon today claims that the 25-year-old will only join the Old Trafford club if they qualify for next season's Champions League, according to the Daily Express.

Guardiola's comments suggest that City could rival United in the likely transfer battle that will commence if Madrid demonstrate clearly that they will part with the Colombian.

However, Zidane's post-match statement suggests that no decision has been made amid the club's attempt to clinch both the La Liga and Champions League titles:

"James Rodriguez's farewell? No, he is at Madrid and we have a lot left to do. We’re only thinking about the final stretch."

Rodriguez has scored eight times in the league this season while assisting six strikes in his 13 starts and eight substitute appearances.